While the number of cases has remained stable in Gordon County, there has been a marked decrease in new COVID-19 cases statewide from last week.
From Thursday to Monday, Gordon County recorded 93 new cases and one death. Statewide, there were 13,259 new cases and 413 deaths.
Comparatively, there were 17,521 new cases statewide last week from Thursday to Monday. Cases across the county were similar, with 100 last week in the same time frame.
As of September 24, schools in Gordon County have reported 28 cases among students and 6 cases among staff. Schools in the town of Calhoun have reported 14 cases among students and no cases among staff.
This is comparable to the number of cases seen last Friday, with only slight differences in the total number of cases.
To show their appreciation for their tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kemp and Speaker of the House David Ralston also announced a salary supplement of $ 1,000 for first responders and public safety officials in the state.
“Georgia is a state that supports our law enforcement officers and first responders, and this $ 1,000 bonus is one way to show our appreciation for their continued heroism during the darkest days of the COVID pandemic. -19, ”said President David Ralston.
Local governments and other employers can apply for funding for this supplement from October 1 to December 31 through the Planning and Budget Office. Funding is made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act.
“By working with Governor Kemp and my colleagues in the General Assembly, we have made supporting those who wear the badge and work on the front lines a priority,” said Ralston. “Their selfless service makes Georgia a great place to live, work and raise a family, and for these efforts we are truly grateful. “
At the same time, the CDC complied with FDA recommendations regarding the Pfizer recall. Their recommendations mirror that of the FDA decision, allowing for widespread use of the booster in vulnerable populations.
“At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex and often imperfect data to formulate actionable recommendations that optimize health,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH “In a pandemic, even with l uncertainty, we must take the actions we anticipate. will do the greatest good.
People aged 65 and over or residing in long-term care facilities should be vaccinated, as well as those aged 50 and over with underlying health conditions. People 18 to 49 years old with underlying conditions can receive the third injection, as well as anyone 18 to 64 years old who are at increased risk of exposure because of their job.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Georgian Ministry of Public Health announced that it would follow the same. CDC recommendations for COVID-19 booster injections.
All people must have received the Pfizer vaccine and have had at least six months after their second vaccination to be eligible for the third injection. The CDC is expected to make recommendations regarding the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna boosters in the coming weeks.
“DPH currently has an adequate inventory of Pfizer vaccine and will work to ensure accessibility to booster doses statewide,” GDPH said in its press release.
Overall, Gordon County has reached 40% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose, according to GA DPH, while about 35% have been fully vaccinated. The county still lags behind state averages, which are 54% and 47%, respectively.
To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, log on to dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine or call 888-457-0186 for the Ministry of Health’s Vaccine Planning Resource Line. health. The Gordon County Health Department, 310 N. River Street, Calhoun, now offers walk-in flu shots.
Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or those who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, should be tested regardless of their vaccination status. At DPH / Mako Medical testing sites, testing is free.